System Change

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"Thank you so much for this course! It really helped us get clarity on the system change we want to pursue, thanks to a method and the experience of other Fellows."

"I found the whole course to be extremely useful and effective: it helped us move forward and look at our system journey in a larger picture"

(Participants from the 2018 edition)



Apply to the 2020 edition of this Module:


“Social entrepreneurs are not content with just giving people fish or teaching people how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.” - Bill Drayton.

To make a longer-lasting difference and maximise the impact of available resources, social change ultimately must address the root causes and systemic drivers that are producing a problem. By taking an indirect impact approach such as changing policies or industry norms and creating new or access to existing markets, social entrepreneurs can address these underlying dynamics and achieve a significantly greater change than a purely direct impact on their beneficiaries could.



The offer:

The offer of this module is built thanks to the collaboration and the decade-long experience of the Ashoka Globalizer Program.

This module consists of a 8-week online course with theory and exercises, an initial and a final event and dedicated materials for further learning. The Module is running from end of January to end of March 2020 with a time requirement of 3-4 hours a week plus an initial and a final 1-day event.

  • First in-person gathering: at the Wellbeing Retreat on January 30st - Febuary 1st 2020 in Bucharest, Romania (optional)​

  • Online course kick-off: first videos shared on January 31st and first group call on February 7th​

  • Weekly learning materials: videos and exercises for the online course sent weekly between January 31st and March 27th​

  • Weekly online meetings: Every Friday from February 7th to March 27th from 12-1pm CET​

  • Closing in-person workshop and pitch: on Monday 30th March in London including opportunity to join the Ashoka events and activities at the Skoll World Forum during the following day

  • Please note: Due to the coronavirus development in Europe, the "closing in-person workshop and pitch" will be transformed into an online meeting. The module leads will inform the participants about the detailed agenda in time. The team is excited to meet everyone online. To all participants: Please keep Monday, the 30th of March free for this! 

    All updates and information about changes due to the coronavirus can be found in this information PDF and in this blogpost (will be both updated regularly).


Who can apply:

Applications are closed for the System Change course 2020.

The content of the online course of this module is curated for Ashoka Fellows, but open to other participants subject to a selection. The online meeting / workshop happening at the end of the online course is open to the Ashoka Fellows who participated to the online part and to Ashoka Support Network members, Ashoka Partners and other Key Ecosystem Players who want to join the workshop as advisors and experts, to provide mentoring and feedback to the Ashoka Fellows on their strategies. This is an opportunity to meet some of the most innovative social entrepreneurs and deep dive into their system change strategy for greater social impact.

If you are a member of the Ashoka Support Network, partner or key ecosystem player to Ashoka, please apply through the dedicated button or refer to the Partner With Us page: we will be happy to co-create ways to offer this content to you and your stakeholders.



Why you should apply:

This is the space where we share back the insights Ashoka has learned from its Fellows on their most powerful strategies to achieve system change. Participants analyze in depth the system they are aiming to change, define their targeted system change, and explore a wide menu of interventions to scale their impact on the system without necessarily having to grow their organizations.

Participants leave with a deeper understanding of and refined focus on system change. They know how to apply relevant tools and frameworks with their teams and stakeholders. In addition, the online course aims to create a community of peers to provide support and opportunities to collaborate.




  • Ashoka Fellows: The program is open and participation is free for all Ashoka Fellows in Europe. Travel and accomodation costs are not covered.*

  • Ashoka Support Network members: Members of the Ashoka Support Network also join for free, subject to a selection process. Find out more about the Ashoka Support Network here.

  • Other Partners and Change Leaders: The cost of the module is €2'000. You can require a stipend for your participation, indicating it in the application form.


*In case you require a travel stipend to participate – encompassing flight or accommodation – please indicate in the registration. We have limited travel stipends for participants in need, so please evaluate and request a stipend only if financial reasons hinder your participation.



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